Malaysia court declines appeal to suspend Lynas plant

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — A Malaysian court today declined to temporarily suspend the licence granted to Lynas Corp Ltd’s controversial rare earths plant as it waits to hear an application to permanently block the plant, activists said.

Activists linked to the environmental group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas were appealing the Kuantan High Court’s decision last week to lift the suspension on the temporary operating licence granted to Australia’s Lynas.

After dismissing the appeal, the court set November 30 for the next hearing on the case, a lawyer for the activists told Reuters.

They wanted the court to suspend the licence until two judicial review cases challenging the government’s decision allowing the plant to operate are heard.

Lynas temporary operating licence for the US$800 million (RM2.4 billion) plant early in September, had aimed to start production this month. — Reuters